Lionel Messi scored two targets on his record-equalling 767th look for Barcelona in a complete 4-1 La Liga victory over Huesca.
The 33-year-old scored his facet’s first and fourth targets as Barca climbed into second place within the desk to maneuver inside 4 factors of league leaders Atletico Madrid.
Messi matched Xavi’s all-time look report within the Barcelona shirt, a profession which incorporates successful 34 trophies and now scoring 661 targets since he made his debut in 2004, with 27 up to now this season.
In typical trend of the Argentine ahead, Messi put Barcelona forward within the thirteenth minute.
He took a contact earlier than unleashing a curled shot from 20 yards, which hit the underside of the crossbar earlier than going previous goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez.
Barcelona doubled their lead within the thirty fourth minute with Antoine Griezmann scoring in virtually similar trend to Messi’s opener, a curled end into the highest nook.
Within the closing moments of the primary half, Huesca have been awarded a penalty on VAR evaluate for a foul on Rafa Mir, who additionally dispatched the spot-kick into the nook to halve the house facet’s benefit.
Messi then turned supplier for Barcelona’s third, crossing from the left to Oscar Mingueza who headed the ball into the online from shut vary for his maiden membership objective.
Huesca virtually pulled one other objective again when Mir discovered himself within the six-yard field because the ball got here throughout the face of objective, however he mistimed his soar and the ball rebounded off his chest and excessive.
Messi accomplished his double on the demise as he reduce inside earlier than sending one other strike from exterior the field into the again of the online to cap his record-levelling look with two targets and one help, as Huesca stay backside of the desk and 4 factors from security.
What the managers mentioned…
Barcelona supervisor Ronald Koeman: “I can not say extra about Leo. The extent he has for a few years, many video games…he has equalled Xavi and on Sunday in precept, he’ll surpass him. He’s crucial man within the historical past of Barca. Fortunately, he’s nonetheless with us.
“I’ve at all times mentioned there was a whole lot of La Liga [matches this year]. It’s tough for any staff to win matches all year long. The factors we misplaced for a number of weeks [were many]. We now have reacted nicely.
“The staff is assured. We can not lose extra factors as a result of we’ve got already misplaced fairly a number of.”
Huesca supervisor Pacheta: “We’re conceding a whole lot of targets. As we speak there are three targets, two for the squad, one other that touches a defence.
“We must shake fingers. We now have performed a really worthy sport regardless that the result’s disappointing. I’m pleased with the staff.
“We now have performed many issues which are good. We now have had objective conditions. We now have been concerned within the sport. Now our combat begins. I do not like to speak about finals however now we’ve got to get 4 factors greater than three groups.”